It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work
In this timely manifesto, the authors of the New York Times bestseller Rework broadly reject the prevailing notion that long hours, aggressive hustle, and "whatever it takes" are required to run a successful business today.
In Rework, Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson introduced a new path to working effectively. Now, they build on their message with a bold, iconocla...more
Nearly every (two-page) section is gold. It reads quick, it's well-written, there's no extra fluff or padding. Just straightforward advice for how to run your company and culture to maximize happiness at the office, written by people who have been successful. This ...more
However, I can't shake some feeling of arrogance that permeates the book. Points are mostly anecdotal and all the examples of practised 'calm' are from their own company or individuals who work outside of an organization (the reference section is suspiciously thin). Come on, it's not so radical to not work yourself to death that no-one else in the world practises it. The authors are in a privile ...more
This is essential reading if you've ever thought that the millenial badge of honor, being busy beyond belief, may actually be a foolish road to ruin. If you're wise enough to know that your best work is not output at hour 12, 10, or even 8. If you're fed up that the potential of your brilliant teammates is being squandered.
It's easy to critique norms and far harder to illuminate other paths, and the em ...more
If you read their blog and Twitter accounts, this book provides very little that's new. Like "Remote", it's more pamphlet (size included) than deep exploration, and, while I think manifestos and clever turns of sente ...more
Hey, it's true, it doesn't have to be crazy at work. We can still do our best and deliver an amazing product without making ourselves miserable working like crazy to meet some made up numbers used as "goals". We can still be ambitious and make something our users love without driving the whole team crazy. We can have a productive environment to let ...more
* Your company is a product. In fact, it should be your best product.
* "Creativity, progress, and impact do not yield to brute force."
* Office hours: subject-matter experts at your company should hold regularly scheduled office hours where they are 100% available for questions, pair coding, etc. This creates a nice balance where the expert can provide guidance to others without their day bein ...more
Recommend by coworkers, especially @bill’s knh, I found that about 30% of this applies to my company. The fact is that our problems don’t match the ones these folks have solved with their miracle company (which I would LOVE to work at, based on how they present it.)
The 30% that applies applies REALLY HARD. I wish everyone at my company would read that 30%. The other 70% makes me feel like ...more
There's something weird about modern work culture, things our grandfathers have fought and died for, like the 40 hour work-week, are being unrolled, not directly by your mean bosses, but by neoliberalism/late stage capitalism's magic trick that implanted a tiny voice within yourself, telling you that if you don't give 200%, you'll be left behind. (For more discussion on this weird development, see Byung-Chul Han's Psychopolitik, or Fromm's Sane Society) ...more
It’s good to read business advice from successful business people that is so calm and takes a different line from almost any other I’ve read. Assuming working for Basecamp really is as good as the picture the authors paint then anyone working there is pretty lucky.
A few stylistic quibbles aside this is a great enjoyable read. The only bit which jars for Europeans is flagging 3 weeks paid leave as something special - everyone I know gets at least 5 (excluding public holidays which are on to ...more
An antithesis to war metaphors in business literature and the talk about the need to grow endlessly (like The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers) or the urgent need to be "happy" or "family".
EDIT: There actually is one topic I actually miss in this book - the perspective of the remotely working employee of Basecamp. Just to have a glimps whether and how are those down-to ...more
Before we get to the problematic areas, I wanted to note a few things I did enjoy.
Basecamp's outlook on company benefits and how they should aim to get the employees *out* of the office and not keep them in (like free lunches and dinners do) is spot on. And paying for employees' vacations yearly almost f ...more
Their concise writing style is a reflection of the way they intertwine utility with perspective-altering insights that challenge the status quo and cut through the BS to focus on what really matters.
This is a book meant to be read and re-read regularly, a book that challenges conventi ...more
After reading remote and rework, this one feels kinda "cheap", in the sense that is a 18$ book (pre-order, now is 25$) that you read in a couple of days.
Don't get me wrong, I like the content, but, maybe I've just been following DHH and his "teachings" for so long that it didn't really teach me anything.
I'll share it with a few coworkers and managers to see they're feedback.
Also one thing I noticed, especially since I always read on my kindle, the book feels c ...more
That being said, this feels really hype-based. I'd love to see more from their employees, especially ones who have left the company.
I also don't agree with all their standpoints, in fact their low-level of communication would leave me feeling isolated and unhappy most likely as an extrovert.
I love how they feature their values and care so much about their employees, but I wish the book went deeper into ...more
And then still there is a TON of valid points, suggestions and directions everyone should at least consider, and implement some. Or your competitors will. ...more
"It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work" is a manifesto. The book doesn't go deep on any of the subjects. Jason and DHH put out a bunch of statements, which have to be taken at face value. I agree with most of those statements (more here: http://engineering.vinted.com/2018/09...), but it didn't lead me to like the book.
The authors construct strawmen left and right. They refute a bunch of practic ...more
Rework tried to convince employees that there is a better way to do work. Remote tried to convince employees and employers that 'the work' is not s ...more
After working in different kind of companies, I have identified that calmness is one of the key factors when choosing my next workplace, and this book proved once again that it's possible to achieve easily.
Thinking about incorporating asking to "describe how crazy it is at your work" to any potential employer during interviews. ...more
I don't buy into everything, but most of this just seems healthy to me. Just to name a few:
Focusing on what matters, don't follow the growth-at-all-cost mentality so omnipresent in modern economy, trying to find work modes that allow for flow, focusing the company benefits on health of the employees, dis ...more
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